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Riders tweet on MBTA reliability and heat

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  July 20, 2012 03:46 PM

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

Passengers wait patiently at the JFK/UMass stop on the Red Line, where everyone is required to wear red sneakers (Just kidding).

The always-reliable MBTA

Storified by Jeremy C. Fox · Fri, Jul 20 2012 12:46:40

This was a relatively quiet week on the MBTA, with no major accidents, scandals, or fare changes, but that doesn't mean it was all peaceful and pleasant. As this week's #MBTAannoy tweets attest, the T was as unpredictable and mercurial as ever. 
Monday morning bus roulette with #mbta Will my bus ever come? What is a schedule anyway? #MBTAannoy #happymondayJohn Griffin
.@mbtaGM Another day where I'm late to a meeting because I can't rely on the schedule or GPS tracking to keep a bus accountable. #mbtaannoyShane Dunn
@mbtaGM Missed a bus by 5 seconds, caught up one block away, driver refused to let me on. Is the #MBTA really for the public? #mbtaannoyShane Dunn
In fairness, some aspects of the MBTA experience are pretty reliable. Like its slowness:
@JeremyCFox @trishaaah @kristenzem @wiselatinabr - Perfect! It just took an hour to travel from St. Mary's to Park St. #MBTAannoyJoshua Warren
Oh, super. Signal problem going into park street. Guess we'll be getting to Ted late. #mbtaannoylauren
"@craignb: Holy #MBTAfail. Red line between Harvard and Downtown is so messed up. Disabled train @ park street " Still happening-#mbtaannoySweetadelinevt
It looks like I'm going to have to cab it from Park Street to NEU if I'm going to be on time for this interview. #mbtaannoySweetadelinevt
All I want to do is go back to nh before midnight #mbtaannoy #redlineKatie Senneville
I’m not sure that’s necessarily an improvement. “@mbtaGM: Orange Line: Normal service resuming. #mbta” #MBTAannoyMelinda C
Also reliable on the MBTA in July? The heat, naturally. 
Hotter than hell downstairs at gov Center woudlnt want a lechmere T to show up. #mbtaannoylauren
Want to know what the surface of the sun feels like? You can, if you're waiting at State Street. So hot in here. #MBTAannoyChris Faulkner
@mbtaGM why is it so hot in all stations? You just raised prices the least you can do is invest in a few fans #mbtaannoyMichael Deacetis
Heat wave finally breaks outside. But Red Line keeps it goin with no AC today. Arrgh. #MBTAannoyHotties on the T
Picked the #orangeline car with no AC. It’s like winning the Shirley Jackson lottery. #MBTAannoyMelinda C
TURN THE FREAKING AC ON, IT'S JULY. #mbtaannoy #11busprobsSarah Ann
And sometimes the heat combines with a stalled train. ...
@mbta_alerts hat was awesome, I was in THAT train.. no A/C while stopped... #MBTAannoy. lionel andre
Another constant, at least at rush hour, is the overcrowding. 
NOT ENOUGH ROOM. PERIOD. #MORETRAINS #ANGRY #MBTAprobs #MBTAannoyMBTA Problems
And of course there will always be rude passengers.
Waiting for T this AM. dude hit on me and then insulted me when I wasn't into it #MBTAannoyGretchen N. Lambert
I hope there’s a special hell for people who whistle on a train. #MBTAannoyMelinda C
At least the young lady mentioned below had the manners to ask. 
"I'm very sorry, but do you people mind if I pee in that corner?" - Girl in Aquarium station. #MBTAannoy #stayclassybostonchadbt
But if you say yes once, you know where that leads. ...
@MBTA Front inbound car on the Franklin line smells like urine. Really bad. #MBTAAnnoyJess Levens XLIV
Still, sometimes people surprise you in a pleasant way. 
That moment on the t when u realize a stranger is staring at u awkwardly, u almost say something & then they compliment your shirt #mbtabragJohn Griffin
And some just add a nice touch to the commute. 
Some guy on the 57 smells really good. #mbtabragBoston Dollface
And others are at least interesting to look at ... sort of. 
@JeremyCFox distracted from reading by the long blond hairs on the ears of the man sitting in front of me on the D line #mbtabragKat Powers
Relieved to learn tonight's Trashy Girls on the #MBTAannoy weren't Skanky Dressed Boston Tramps but just 90's style Spice Tarts from IrelandCoach Kev @SupahFans
If the other humans don't entertain you, some animals just might. 
Watching a mouse play under the 3rd rail at Park St. There's an existential messages there for all of us #mbtabrag #KatneedssleepKat Powers
Just spent the ride from DTX to Community College having the back of my knees tickled by a seeing eye dog. #MBTAbrag I guess?Juliana
And while there are some rude, condescending MBTA employees ...
Love how these people running the trains and buses (not all of them) feel the need to talk down at the passengers. #MBTAannoyRob Tiongson
Others are patient, considerate and pleasant to be around. 
#mbta driver held the doors open for me on the T!! #peoplearenice #mbtabragLukas Akerley
Finally a reason to #mbtabrag! D line train waited while I ran down the street to catch it :).Juliana
My first #mbtabrag: t driver just said "good morning and what a wonderful morning it is" nice little pick me up :)Lauren B
Some are even "hot," apparently. 
The bus driver on the 11 is chatting me up and I am so okay with it. #youaresohot #mbtabragSouthie Girl Probs
And once in a while, the commuter rail gives you just what you needed. 
@MBCR_info well than you! Now that's customer service. #MBTAbragMBTA Problems
Though many times, especially this summer, what the T gives you is a shuttle bus replacing your usual train.
Oh I love it when there's shuttle buses and I never saw a notice this week #mbtaannoyRainbow Fun Time
The one consolation is that when the T replaces a train with shuttle buses, it lets riders board for free. But that's not how it's supposed to work on the Mattapan trolley.
On trolley 3254 to mattapan, can we PLEASE remind people its NOT a FREE RIDE! #payyourfare #mbtaannoy @mbtaGM. @MBTATransitPDCommonwealthRecycle
Ahem.. MBTA your conductor on Mattapan trolley 3234 is letting everyone on for FREE. I'm NOT a happy rider @MBTATransitPD @mbtaGM #mbtaannoyCommonwealthRecycle
As this next tweeter points out, sometimes the best thing to do is just to avoid the MBTA entirely.
I love the weekends, especially since I don't have to ride the T. #MBTAbrag #MBTAprobsMBTA Problems
Often we can't avoid the T, though, but we can tweet out our frustrations using #MBTAannoy. And when we skip the T or meet a cute bus driver, there's always #MBTAbrag. 

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